Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

The First Martyrs of Rome Read more

The First Martyrs of Rome

A great number of Christians perished at the hands of the Roman Emperor Nero during the terrible persecution that lasted from 64-68 A.D. This was the first of many major persecutions of the newly founded Church at Rome. The holy men and women who first died for the Gospel of Jesus Christ are also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome.” Some were burned as living torches in the...
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St. Peter and St. Paul Read more

St. Peter and St. Paul

St. Peter and St. Paul (1st c.) were the foremost Apostles of Jesus Christ; St. Peter was the leader of the Twelve, while St. Paul followed Christ after His ascension into heaven. Together the two saints are the founders of the Church in Rome through their apostolic preaching, ministry, and martyrdom in that city. They are the solid rock on which the foundation of the Catholic Church is built,...
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St. Irenaeus of Lyons Read more

St. Irenaeus of Lyons

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 125 - 203 A.D.) was born in Asia Minor at a time when the direct memory of the Apostles was still alive. He was well educated in Sacred Scripture, theology, philosophy, and literature. He became an astute disciple of St. Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, one of the Twelve Apostles who belonged to Jesus' inner circle. St. Irenaeus is...
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St. Cyril of Alexandria Read more

St. Cyril of Alexandria

St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, was born at Alexandria, Egypt. He was nephew of the patriarch of that city, Theophilus. Cyril received a classical and theological education at Alexandria and was ordained by his uncle. He succeeded his uncle Theophilus as patriarch of Alexandria on Theophilus' death in 412. Cyril wrote treatises that clarified the doctrines of the...
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Sts. John and Paul Read more

Sts. John and Paul

St. John and Paul were two brothers of Rome are commemorated in the First Eucharistic Prayer and honored by a basilica on the Caelian hill of Rome.  They lived in the fourth century. Nothing is known with precise historical detail concerning their deaths. However there cult is part of the Roman spirituality. Their feast day is kept on June 26th.

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